Briefly: 4.29.10

Yale students allege that East Haven police discriminate

Yale law students released a report Friday alleging that East Haven police officers disproportionately targeted Hispanic drivers for traffic tickets and concealed the practice by calling the drivers white in written reports from 2008 to 2009. The students claimed in their report that 56 percent of the 376 tickets they inspected were issued to drivers with Hispanic names. Police claimed in written reports that fewer than 6 percent of those same drivers were Hispanic. East Haven police are also the subject of a federal investigation into discriminatory practices. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon has placed the police chief on administrative leave because of the federal probe.

—Colin Ross

Mugger shot by victim in Wooster Square

A mugger was shot by his intended victim in Wooster Square on Monday. Police identified the shooting victim as Hector Santiago, 40, of New Haven, and said he had been admitted to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Santiago was later arrested from the hospital, police said. The alleged shooter was identified as William Kiselewsky, 65, of Southbury, Conn. Kiselewsky, who has a license to carry a handgun, was brought to the police department for questioning and later released. New Haven police spokesman Joseph Avery said in a press release Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing. Board of Aldermen President Carl Goldfield said the incident is different from other recent shootings — which have contributed to 11 murders in the city this year — because the gun “was owned by a responsible person who was using it for personal protection.”

—Colin Ross and Esther Zuckerman

New Grad School dean to be named mid-May

The new dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be named in mid-May, succeeding current dean and history professor Jon Butler, University President Richard Levin said Sunday. Levin and Yale College Dean Mary Miller told the News in February that Butler, whose six-year term as dean ends June 30, is likely to be replaced by a scientist to provide more academic balance among top administrators. Levin charged a scientist-heavy search committee, headed by Thomas Pollard, a Sterling professor and chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, with recommending a list of candidates for the position.

—Lauren Rosenthal

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